In an escalation of tensions in diplomatic relations between Canada and India, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made public statements claiming that Canadian intelligence had identified a “credible” link between the death of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian Sikh leader. 45 years old, and the Indian State.
Nijjar was shot outside a Sikh temple in British Columbia on June 18, where he died instantly.
Trudeau’s accusations have been met with skepticism and rejection by India’s Ministry of External Affairs, which called them “absurd” and politically motivated.
In an official statement, the Ministry of India stated: “We have seen and reject the statement of the Canadian Prime Minister in its Parliament as well as the statement of its Foreign Minister. “Allegations of the Government of India’s involvement in any act of violence in Canada are absurd and motivated.”
This is not the first exchange of accusations between Canadian and Indian leaders regarding this issue. The Indian Ministry statement also mentions that similar allegations were earlier made by the Canadian Prime Minister to his Indian counterpart, and that they were completely rejected.
The Indian statement continued to emphasize India’s commitment to the rule of law and denounce Khalistani terrorists and extremists who it claims have found refuge in Canada and continue to threaten India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
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They also expressed concern about “the inaction of the Canadian government on this matter and the sympathy that some Canadian political figures have expressed for these elements.”
The statement concludes by noting India’s concern over the presence of illegal activities, including murders, human trafficking and organized crime, occurring in Canada and rejects any attempt to link the Government of India to such developments.
In response to these diplomatic tensions, the Government of India has taken the decision to expel a senior Canadian diplomat posted in India, asking him to leave the country within the next five days.
The current situation has created uncertainty in bilateral relations between Canada and India, and both countries are expected to continue holding talks to address and resolve these growing diplomatic tensions.
He is a student at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. She is a member of the Research Seedbed of said Faculty and the Study Group on India and Southeast Asia of the National University of Rosario. She also completed the Diploma in Law and Digital State 4.0. She is an intern at SHEN, a business consultant with Asia and an editor at ReporteAsia.